BIWABIK — North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity dedicated the new home for the Kristine Edstrom family on Friday, Oct. 25. The home is located at 202 Mesabi Location Annex in Biwabik. This home, part of the 2019 build season, was started last fall when carpentry instructor Leo Lukas of Mesabi Range College contacted Habitat and said his carpentry class was interested in pouring the home’s foundation. The students finished that job, then also managed to frame, truss and sheet the house in time for winter.
This spring, community volunteers stepped up to the plate, along with Edstrom and her family and friends. Members of the Mesabi Range College football team helped put up siding, donated by Louisiana Pacific, and also gave Edstrom’s older son, DaJuan, some football tips. Regular volunteer crews from Blue Cross Blue Shield, Wells Fargo—were major funders of the home—Northridge Community Credit Union, United Taconite and the “Quad City Regulars” were critical in finishing the home.
Asked about the meaning of the house to her family, Edstrom wrote, “Buying your first house is beyond exciting, but being able to help build your house is a privilege I though only the rich could choose to do! Knowing that my hard work, dedication and sweat in and out of my home made a dream I never knew I had come true!”
NSLCHFH has been working to build affordable homes in the community since 1995. Working to build simple, decent and affordable homes, the organization has sold homes to 96 families in 14 communities on the Iron Range. Families are selected based on their need for housing and their willingness to partner in the building of homes. Families must also demonstrate their ability to pay Habitat’s affordable mortgage.
To learn more, visit www.nslchfh.org.